THIS time last year you'd be forgiven if you hadn't heard the name Hozier.
The Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier sprang onto the scene from 2013 following the YouTube success of his breakthrough single 'Take Me to Church' before reaching number one on the Irish iTunes and later performing alongside Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Thursday night marked the 24-year-old's Bluesfest debut which doubled as the band's first ever Australian festival, though you would never tell with a comfortable Hozier owning the stage like a seasoned performer.
He may have only released three singles in Australia so far but an enthusiastic crowd managed to sing along while others who were only familiar with 'Take Me to Church' were surely converted on this night.
The performance was lively right from the start, with earlier songs in particular highlighting Hozier as a talented vocalist while an all-female ensemble consisting of swooning backup vocalists, a cellist and keyboardist complimented the performance with each added something more than just sound, be it cello solo or keyboard dancing, to the set.
After an energetic start, the middle took a more sombre turn with the band delving into lengthier instrumental territory, most notably 'Arsonist's Lullabye', before ending with the song that started it all - 'Take Me to Church'.
Hozier will be performing again at Bluesfest on Saturday April 4 at 7.30pm.
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